Pandemic risk management guide
Produced in partnership with Elizabeth Bourlet

The following Risk & Compliance practice note produced in partnership with Elizabeth Bourlet provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Pandemic risk management guide
  • Why you need to manage this risk
  • Top five priorities
  • 1. Business decision-making and leadership
  • Virtual meetings
  • Information
  • Directors’ duties
  • Demonstrating leadership
  • Business decision-making and leadership—mini action list
  • 2. Understanding what your customers need and how your organisation can fulfil those needs
  • More...

Pandemic risk management guide

The extent of the restrictions imposed by regulators or government will largely dictate the nature of the risks that you need to manage for your organisation during any pandemic. Such restrictions could be ‘light touch’ or, as with COVID-19, a strict approach involving the forced closure of many businesses, restrictions on travel and extreme social distancing measures.

This risk management guide anticipates a strict approach is taken. Therefore, you may need to adapt the measures suggested according to the circumstances in which your organisation finds itself.

Additionally, this risk management guide does not cover the exacting requirements that may be imposed by regulators in respect of PLCs, financial organisations, competition law, advertising, consumer credit etc or by specialist areas of legislation such as employment, taxation, insolvency or corporate law. Regulation concerning the public sector together with corporate accounting and finance also fall outside the scope of this risk management guide.

Why you need to manage this risk

The biggest issue for all businesses when faced with the risk of a pandemic must be how to avoid going under. With that in mind, the five key risks which you, as in-house legal adviser should concern yourself with, are:

  1. the strategic and day to day issues involved in keeping your organisation running—decision-making and leadership

  2. understanding what your customers/clients need and how your organisation can fulfil those

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